By Wendy Holdren
Beckley City Attorney William “Bill” File III has been named one of the 2013 West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows and was honored at a ceremony Thursday in Charles-ton.
Thomas Tinder, executive director of the West Virginia Bar Foundation, said there are more than 5,000 lawyers and judges here in West Virginia and fewer than 300 have been selected for this prestigious award over the past 15 years.
“It’s the cream of the crop,” Tinder said.
Tinder explained that the Fellows are determined by the Bar Foundation’s Board of Governors, which are comprised of a diverse group of 15 lawyers and judges from all parts of the state in all types of law practice.
Twenty-two lawyers and judges were added to the distinguished list of Foundation Fellows, a recognition that was established in 1999.
“I’m honored,” Bill File said. “I’m sure there are others more deserving, but it’s an honor to be recognized by your peers.”
File has been practicing law since May 1980 with File Payne Scherer & File. He has also served as the city attorney for Beckley for the past nine years.
He said being named a Bar Foundation Fellow is particularly special to him because his father, William H. File, Jr., was named a Fellow in 2000 and his brother-in-law, Mitt Payne, was named a Fellow in 2004.
Law has been a long-standing tradition in the File family; both Bill and his two brothers are attorneys.
“It’s certainly something I always wanted to do. My father encouraged all of his children.”
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